Louisville First UMC Update March 2020


Greetings Mississippi Conference,

As an update, I would like to share with you the latest development surrounding the United Methodist Church in Louisville, Mississippi. All parties have agreed to a property and financial settlement including a non-disclosure agreement. Therefore, we are all legally bound to keep the details of the settlement confidential. The Mississippi Conference has lived into this covenant from the beginning and is committed to doing so in the future. 

What I can say is that I am elated about how concluding this process is going to aid in reaching the goals of our United Methodist connection and mission in Louisville. Under the leadership of Rev. Tom Potter, First United Methodist Church in Louisville is already exploring where the Holy Spirit is leading them as a faith community to make disciples for years to come. I recently spoke with Rev. Potter and he informed me that, “we’ve been able to build a strong core group but now it’s time to be about the business of being the church and I couldn’t be more excited about that.”

He’s not the only one optimistic about the future. Larry Woodward, the lay member to annual conference explained that, “our fellowship has grown here but we’re looking forward to more growth. We’ve been working with an assistant living facility and exploring working with young children—packing backpacks of hope so that school children can have nutritious meals over the weekend, packing flood buckets for recent flooding in the Metro Area—we just want to be about ministry.”

Louisville First UMC plans to begin worshiping at Lake Tiak-O’Khata  in the Honeysuckle Lodge at 9:00 a.m. on Sundays once in-person services resume.

I want to thank you, Mississippi Conference, for your prayers and support in this matter. I ask that you continue to pray and offer support as First United Methodist Church in Louisville discerns opportunities for discipleship and worship in their surrounding community…because the mission continues.


Bishop James E. Swanson, Sr.

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Jackson, MS 39206
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